THERE will be a royal flair in the air over the weekend thanks to the volunteers at Wheatley Windmill, who have painted its fantail red, white and blue in honour of the Queen's 90th birthday.

The colourful display marks Her Majesty's milestone and the windmill will be hosting an open day for visitors tomorrow from 2pm to 6pm.

Mavis Ramsden, granddaughter of the last miller, said: "The idea came from our chairman at a committee meeting in May and then volunteer Martin Gibson was up there on Thursday painting the fantail.

"It is to celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday, we haven't done anything like this for royalty before but we thought as we were open on the day of The Queen's birthday it would be a good idea to paint it red, white and blue to use the windmill as well.

"Visitors will be able to go up on the balcony, weather permitted, and see the lovely views.

"You can see right down to Cowley and the Didcot Power Station and in the opposite direction with a pair of binoculars you can see right over to Buckinghamshire and the downs.

The open day is free and visitors can also pick up a bag of flour grained at the mill and volunteers just ask for a donation to the upkeep.

Children are asked to come accompanied by an adult.